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Australian Open 2023 Day 2: Novak Djokovic victorious in return, Andy Murray upsets top 15 seed – Yahoo Sports
January 18, 2023
Day 2 of the 2023 Australian Open didn’t quite go according to plan. Matches started at 7 p.m. ET as usual, but several hours later play was stopped due to the extreme heat. Matches continued with the roofs closed at Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena and John Cain Arena, but matches on the uncovered courts — which is the majority of them — were suspended and rescheduled for Wednesday.
Novak Djokovic notches first Aussie Open win in two years
Novak Djokovic made his grand return to Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday, taking the court for the first time in two years to face Roberto Carballes Baena. It took him just two hours and two minutes to beat Carballes Baena 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 and advance to Round 2.
The last time Djokovic played at Rod Laver Arena, it was 2021 and he beat Daniil Medvedev to win his ninth Australian Open trophy. A lot has happened since then, but Tuesday showed he’s the same old Djokovic. Following his win, he thanked the crowd for staying late and being so enthusiastic.
Andy Murray may be 35, unseeded and playing with a surgically repaired hip, but he’s still got the fire, the desire and the skills to make a statement at a Grand Slam. He did just that on Tuesday in a grueling win over the 13th-seeded Matteo Berrettini.
Grueling is truly the word to describe it. The match lasted nearly five hours and featured tiebreakers to close out the fourth and fifth sets. It was Murray’s 50th win at the Australian Open, putting him in fifth place on the all-time Aussie Open wins list.
How did the Americans do?
Though not all the Americans were able to get their matches in before the heat suspension, it was still a good day for the USA. No Americans lost on Day 2.
No. 8 Taylor Fritz def. Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
J.J. Wolf def. Jordan Thompson 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5
Shelby Rogers def. Arianne Hartono 6-4, 6-3
Katie Volynets def. Evgeniya Rodina 6-3, 6-2
Tommy Paul def. Jan Lennard Struff 6-1, 7-6(6), 6-2
Jenson Brooksby def. Christopher O’Connell 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2
Ben Shelton def. Zhang Zhizhen 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 2-6, 7-6(4)
Taylor Townsend def. Diane Parry 6-1, 6-1
Other Aussie Open results
Tuesday was another big day for seeded players. All but three of the top 32 in both men’s and women’s won their matches and moved on to Round 2. Here are the highlights (minus Djokovic and Murray).
No. 2 seed Ons Jabeur started her journey to the trophy with a win over Tamara Zidansek.
Casper Ruud, the No. 2 men’s seed, managed to survive a tiebreak-heavy challenge from Tomas Machac.
Leylah Fernandez, the young 2021 US Open runner up, defeated the experienced Alize Cornet in straight sets.
Other winners include Andrey Rublev, Aryna Sabalenka, Alexander Zverev, Holger Rune and Diego Schwartzman.
What to watch on Day 3
Due to the heat suspension on Tuesday, Day 3 will be the kickoff of Round 2 as well as the final day of Round 1. Here are a few highlight matches that will be played Wednesday:
No. 1 Iga Swiatek vs. Camila Osorio
No. 1 Rafael Nadal vs. Mackenzie Mcdonald
No. 3 Jessica Pegula vs. Aliaksandra Sasnovich
No. 6 Felix Auger-Aliassime vs. Alex Molcan
No. 7 Coco Gauff vs. Emma Raducanu
Here are all the Americans playing on Day 3 (all are Round 2 matches unless indicated):